Free-to-play Xbox Live game sees 1.2 million players

Toylogic's downloadable action game Happy Wars attracts more than 1 million players following launch in October.

Xbox Live's first free-to-play game Happy Wars has been downloaded more than 1.2 million times worldwide, developer Toylogic announced today. The game launched in October behind a middling critical reception.

Though Happy Wars is free to play, gamers can purchase "Happy Tickets" with real-world money to upgrade their characters' appearance and equipment. This can also be achieved by unlocking "Happy Stars" through play. Additionally, gamers must hold an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($60 per year) to download Happy Wars.

The game supports simultaneously play for up to 30 players (15 vs.15), who will take part in free-for-all battles against one another.

Happy Wars is not the only free-to-play game in development for Xbox Live. Signal Studios' third-person role-playing game Ascend: New Gods will also be available through the platform for free when it launches in "several months."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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3 comments
AntQst
AntQst

NICE! I just Microsoft points for free from this site! :D freemspointsforever com

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Well, I tried playing again today to see if the patch helped the matchmaking.

 

The answer is NO:

 

I played 3 matches.  

 

First match took 4 minutes to matchmake.

 

Second game took 3 minutes 18 seconds to matchmake.

 

Third game took 5 minutes then 'timed out' even though the players were all found.

 

Basically, all that publicity about how the patch 'fixed' the matchmaking is a big fat lie.  It's still terrible.  Although the game is fun to play, but you end up spending almost as much time in the matchmaking as you do in the actual game/match itself.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Can't say I've play all that much, maybe a hand full of hours, but the game can be pretty fun in short bursts

Have full xbl party playing with you and the game is even better. 

Llama345
Llama345

I thought this shit sucked so I stopped playing.... I might play it sometime soon to check in. 

MechaNapoleon
MechaNapoleon

Fail article title... cuz its not "free-to-play" (need gold), and technically... Aegis Wing and a couple others are completely "free to play", even to silver's.  ;-P

 

-note: yes I know the two wordings of free aren't the same.  Kinda the point... lets stop calling them free to play... I prefer pay-to-enjoy's.

tgwolf
tgwolf

I really hate it when perfectly meaningful terms like 'free to play' get evilly morphed into something else so that you end up hating what's right out of ignorance and acclaiming things that are despicable because 'good' isn't 'good' anymore and so on...

Atheosis
Atheosis

This is why Guardians of Middle Earth should've been free to play (as long as the avoided pay to win systems).  They'd be making so much more money right now and the player-base would be much healthier.  

xSagez
xSagez

It was fun but the matchmaking is so slow.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

that's bearly 5% of the people on COD 

 

still an Ambitious free to play but because its a PAY2WIN like most games 

 

i still don't see people play this

Zoza24
Zoza24

Those people dont even know what free means on Xbox 360..

I pity those with no Xbox Live subscribtion.

daniloct
daniloct

It is amazingly fun to play with a party of friends but the matchmaking experience was horrible before the recent patches. 

I like that it is never nagging you to buy stuff or spend money, making it, by far, the most 'honest' F2P game I've played so far.

 

- Dan Tavares (www.danilotavares.com)

 

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Was fun, but not really my thing for any kind of long term play. At least they're supporting it with updates, so that's good for people who've invested the time to grind - or the money.

TheMisterCheif
TheMisterCheif

It a alright game, have not had a chance to check it out Post Update.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Metacritic Score: 60

 

Only because it's F2P, if not, no one would be playing it.

TheArcade
TheArcade

Was never a fan of "Free-to-Play" games, they're rentals you dont own them. If Happy Wars were completely free to lik Aegis Wing is I think that would be ideal. I'd of probably downloaded it if they let me own it.

SolidTy
SolidTy

It's a shame they cut off the Silver members of Xbox Live from playing this game. Those people probably would play as well.

 

 

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

the free2play model is becoming a virus and companies really need to stop using f2p. All f2p games are more like pay2win.

sinn_exit
sinn_exit

I fail to see how this is F2P when you have to pay MS for gold subscription?

If it were truly F2P then people on silver accounts would to be able to play as well

Sp3ncerK
Sp3ncerK

haha. now microsoft's thinking why they didnt sell this game.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

The game is actually pretty fun.  However, the matchmaking is one of the worst experiences ever.  You'll end up waiting 5 minutes staring at the matchmaking screen for it to find all the players for the match only to have it start all over again for another 5 minutes.  

rann89
rann89

 @MechaNapoleon It's a free-to-play game. Don't blame them that Xbox charges you just to use your internet connection that you're already paying for.

tgwolf
tgwolf

 @Atheosis I'd only agree so far as to the point of agreeing that it was really a disappointing game, which is not true, fortunately, of most free-to-play games.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

 @Zoza24 If you are having troubles paying at least 40 dollars a year, then you must be one broke loser :)

rann89
rann89

 @Zoza24 I pity those WITH an Xbox Live subscription lmao

emptycow
emptycow

 @TheMisterCheif on the nintendo wiiu this would be a $60 and super hyped by the nintendo fanboys

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @zzamaro That's kind of a dumb statement.  

 

The game was DESIGNED around the Free-to-Play business model, which is why it's fairly successful as a free-to-play game and also why it would not be successful as a pay-to-play game.  

 

If they had built a game with the design of a free-to-play game and then marketed it as a pay-to-play, then yes that probably wouldn't be very successful.

 

 

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @TheArcade It's only a rental if you pay something to play it. Just play it for free and never spend a dime, it's actually a fun game.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

 @Bangerman15 actually I havent payed anything into this game and i do a lot of winning. You my friend are just bad :).

kargion
kargion

 @Bangerman15 Not all are pay2win.  Right now its about 50/50.  Even in pay2win games i have won just fine with paying nothing.

R2C25
R2C25

 @sinn_exit thinking that way there is no free to play games online. YOU HAVE TO PAY AN INTERNET SUBSCRIPTION.

pasofreak
pasofreak

 @windrazorx Meanwhile...on PS+..hackers are wondering when they will steal your identity (considering your credit information is public knowledge) :)

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @Sp3ncerK That statement doesn't make sense.

 

Did you expect Microsoft to make a free-to-play game and hope it would not be successful? 

 

 

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

 @Landsharkk The update today is supposed to address the matchmaking. I don't know how much better it is as I've already deleted the game.

everyday182
everyday182

 @rann89  @Zoza24 Agreed, you can play any game for Free on PC or PS3 lol without forking out £40 a year for a service that you dont use 85% of ^_^ I've only ever spen £3 on XBL £1 a month deals ol

keabrown79
keabrown79

 @emptycow  @TheMisterCheif where does the WiiU fit into this convo, unless you like like to take every opportunity to hate Nintendo that you can.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

 @kargion  @Bangerman15 Even if you support non pay2win F2P games, you're going to make more F2P games that are pay2win get released. The only way to prevent that is to support regularly priced games.

sinn_exit
sinn_exit

 @R2C25 Read the article and then read my comment again, please (here's a hint, it's about Microsoft and not broadband)

windrazorx
windrazorx

 @pasofreak considering I've never used my credit card, nor put my information on my PSN account, I laugh at your comment. I get plus via card, put in the code, then bam. Free game every week, and I don't have to worry about credit card info, because I never gave it. 

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

 @Landsharkk  @kargion  @Bangerman15 I would think that that would simply make them charge the people who are supporting them with microtransactions create even more microtransactions and charge more for them to compensate for people who spend 0 money on them and cost the developers money. 

 

The only way to avoid more pay2win F2P games is to not play any F2P games at all and continue to buy games with a fixed price up front.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @Meta-Gnostic  @kargion  @Bangerman15 Or you could simply play free-to-play games but NEVER spend any money on them (which is what I do).  Therefor you are not really supported them and are actually costing them money (except if you get ads in the game, then that's kind of a moot point).

 

 

rann89
rann89

 @sinn_exit  @R2C25 Because the game isn't charging the money. Microsoft is. It's a free-to-play game, you're just using a shitty method of playing online.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

 @sinn_exit    It was offered as a  F2P game for Gold subscribers...as a perk of being one. If anything it's about time the paying members had some bonuses above getting the odd demo a week sooner. By your logic PSN should be giving all the freebies away to everyone not just the Plus members too. Why shouldn't the paying customers get more?